Donna Abela ▪ Vanessa Bates ▪ Hilary Bell ▪ Noëlle Janaczewska ▪ Verity Laughton ▪ Ned Manning ▪ Catherine Zimdahl
Monday, 21 September 2009
Seven playwrights all too busy to make regular posts on their collective blog. It's true! We do try, but it gets away from us from time to time.
But ... we did want to say that we're pleased and proud to announce that Noëlle Janaczewska won the 2009 Radio AWGIE for her non-fiction script, There's Something About Eels ...
And both Vanessa and I have been intending to post the odd comment from our current hero, Edward Albee, from the Inscription workshop that we did with him, and we haven't. Life feels too fast. It's ten p.m. right now, I have family coming and going and I'm way behind on the current draft of the current piece I'm attempting to craft, but maybe one thing that Edward said might work for everyone who drops by this site from time to time.
He said right at the beginning of the two week workshop that he would be looking at our plays in the light of " How each of us has succeeded to intention and whether that intention was worthwhile in the first place." I've been seeing a lot of theatre over the last month or so and it's been great to simply take that definition into each occasion with me. It doesn't matter if the show in question is my schtick or not, it doesn't matter if I had a good time or not, it simply matters if the people concerned succeeded according to their own intention and - the tougher judgment, and I don't see how you get away from subjectivity here - whether or not that intention was worthwhile in the first place. Verity
We are 7-ON. Seven minds that don’t think alike but are simpatico in this—our belief in the transformative properties of our artform and its place in Australian culture.
Over 150 plays between us (and still counting)...
Our work has been produced in Botswana, the US, the UK, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Germany, Denmark, France, Canada, Korea and Japan. Productions have been staged in Australia in just about every major theatre company in every state, and smaller theatres including Gunning Shire Hall.
Over 30 awards include: best play London New Play Festival, the Adelaide Critics’ Circle Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Phillip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award, the Human Rights Award for Drama, 3 Griffin Playwriting Awards, 5 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards and many more.